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Below is a family biography included in The History of Smith County, Tennessee published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1887.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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D. H. Witt, merchant, was born in 1849 in Smith County, Tenn., one of six children of D. A. and Elizabeth (Williams) Witt. The father was born in West Virginia and is a farmer and lawyer. Spending a short time in Macon County when a boy he came to Smith County, Tenn. Besides practicing law considerably he was justice of the peace and a heavy dealer in horses. The mother was born in Smith County and died in 1849. With a common-school education our subject in 1876 began mercantile life, and now has a stock worth about $3,000. He married Fanny Kemp, daughter of B. and L. Kemp, and born in Smith County in 1848. Their four children are Valeria E., Robert A., Howard S. and Geo. W. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and in his political faith he is Democratic.

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This family biography is one of 62 biographies included in The History of Smith County, Tennessee published in 1887.  The History of Smith County was included within The History of Sumner, Smith, Macon & Trousdale Counties of Tennessee. View the complete description here: History of Sumner, Smith, Macon and Trousdale Counties of Tennessee

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